Audio: Hamrlik returns for home opener

Canadiens defenceman Roman Hamrlik (left), practising here last April in Brossard with Tom Pyatt and goalie Carey Price, returns to action in Wednesday’s home opener.
Peter McCabe, Gazette

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Roman Hamrlik | Josh Gorges | Ryan O’Byrne

Canadiens defenceman Roman Hamrlik will be back in the lineup tomorrow night when the Habs take on Habs South, aka the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Hamrlik played alongside Ryan O’Byrne in Brossard practice today. It will be the 1,233rd regular-season NHL game for Hamrlik, who broke into the NHL with the Lightning as an 18-year-old in 1992-93.

Andrei Markov, still rehabbing from his knee surgery, seemed a step closer to his return, but he skated today with Alexandre Picard on the team’s fourth defence combination, suggesting they’ll be spectators tomorrow.

Very unofficial word circulating today has Markov returning Saturday at home vs. Ottawa.

Lots of news today for fans from Bell, with a few initiatives that will make life more interesting for those who follow the Canadiens. See below for that.

From release:

offers new ways for Canadiens fans
to get
closer than ever to their team

Canadiens mobile app for Android, BlackBerry, iOS
TV series
fans behind the scenes
stars will now be selected by fans – including voting by mobile


MONTRÉAL, October 12,
2010 –
the Montréal Canadiens prepare for their home opener tomorrow night at the Bell
Centre, Bell today announced three innovations that will give fans new and
exclusive Canadiens content across multiple broadband platforms.


These initiatives include a TV series available to
Bell customers, an official Canadiens mobile application to enable fans to
closely follow their team, and the chance to vote for each game’s three stars
on mobile phones or online.


“As a part of the Canadiens franchise, Bell
understands that Habs fans have a very special relationship with their team.
Thanks to our leading broadband networks and services, Bell is able to reinforce
that relationship with unique new services featuring exclusive Canadiens
content,” said Stéphane Boisvert, President, Bell Business Markets. “Our
objective is to deliver the best Canadiens experience across all three screens
– mobile, online and TV – and, with our new mobile products, even on the Bell
Centre big screen too. With Bell, hockey just got better.”


“Bell offers a truly unique experience for
Canadiens’ fans through multiple screens. We have a long and strong
relationship with Bell and we believe that fans will take advantage of these
three platforms to live the new Habs experience,” said Pierre Boivin, President
and CEO, Club de hockey Canadien and evenko.


The official
Canadiens mobile app

Bell today unveiled
the official mobile application for the Canadiens, available to all wireless
customers on key mobile platforms such as Android, BlackBerry and iOS. The app
will provide news and official team statistics, and will enable any user to
vote for a game’s three stars.

Bell clients will
have access to game broadcasts from RDS and coach Jacques Martin’s first live
comments after the game. In addition, fans get access to a special social
network where they can exchange comments, photos and videos with other fans and
Bell customers can even instantly share their photos live on the Bell Centre
big screen. Details on how to download the application will be available at


TV series

A new reality show will give fans unprecedented
insight into life with the National Hockey League’s most storied franchise –
directly from the players’ perspective.


Each week, a camera will follow a different player in
his daily routine, giving fans an insider view into both his personal and
professional life. The 30-minute show will be made available first from Bell on
mobile, TV and online from November to December in English and French, before
it’s widely broadcast on RDS, TSN and V in January.


Three stars of the game

For the first time
in Canadiens’ history, the three stars of the game will be selected by fans,
rather than by members of the media, with voting online or by mobile phone.
Bell developed the mobile voting platform for this new approach that brings
fans closer to the game than ever before.


  1. JohnnyBEast says:

    Ya Marty and Vinny always get up for games in Montreal, I’m sure Gagne will also big up for the game. Hedman probably had a difficult time adjusting to the long nhl season, he came up playing no more than a 55 game season in the swedish elite league. I’m sure he’ll be better this season.

  2. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Dude,that’s gotta be your sister cus there’s no way 😉

  3. Thomas Le Fan says:

    My “semantics”? Are we arguing over the meaning or use of words here? Perhaps you mean pragmatics since it is only through context that we are able to discern the meaning intended. Regardless. In order to be a Texan you got to at least have lived in Texas once upon a time. The H in CH does not stand for Habs, ya know.    

  4. Marky Sparky says:

    Im Happy Hammer is in the line up but not happy that Picard is most likley the one who will sit the game. I expected alot less from the guy and he has really shown that he can be a good bottom pairing d-man and i even saw him seeing some PP minutes which i was surprised at but he showed that he was able to handle the PP and in the pre-season he scored a goal. I like the guy and hope he sticks around.

    Habs Fan since 94


  5. Xtrahabsfan says:

    lol,you do realize that Price is still recovering  from the Usain Bolt pose…..he won’t be doing that again.

  6. Storm Man says:

    Why don’t you have some pride and find a job.

  7. ZepFan2 says:

    I suppose. Either way, it’s still American Idol (oh no just puked a little).

    I just realised it’s time for a different sig. Tyler is now a judge on AI (great, more puke).


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  8. petrov14 says:

    We cant let Toronto beat us in an all star logo vote! To vote for Canadiens 2009 logo.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  9. larisalapointe says:

    Boucher is kinda cute. lol

  10. forskis says:

    With regards to OB, I think JM has lengthened the leash somewhat and allowing him to learn and make (hopefully only a few) mistakes…like that Tim Brent goal by the Leafs where OB and Picard completely blew coverage; last season, OB would have been on the bench for the rest of the game but he kept throwing the pair out there…I also do not recall OB getting benched in the Pittsburgh game….maybe JM is learning that if you are young you are going to make errors.

    I am somewhat nervous for tomorrow’s game…TB is always a tough game…it could get very good or very bad…TB’s top 2 lines are going to be a handful and is it me or has Viktor Hedman not turned out as well as hoped?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  11. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Go back to your Wisniewski video :0…..

  12. fbkj says:

    dude voting the worst singer into idol was epic


  13. Da Hema says:

    I believe his personal best press was one woman and two bulky police officers….


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  14. J Haul says:

    I hate that we always start on the road and then when we finally do get a home opener, it’s against some crappy obscure team. It’s always the tampa’s and carolina’s of the world. I’m going to the game from out near Toronto and I can’t help but feel cheated that this is the matchup we get.

  15. ZepFan2 says:

    The fact that Stern is even talking about AI, at all, tells me he’s losing it.

    Dude, we’re talking Sanjaya here. There’s no turning back on that one. lol

    Repeat after me…Zep rules!



    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  16. mbplekfan says:

    Considering that his playing time has been limited and his butt stapled to the bench in the games he did play I would suggest 20-30 games with a regular shift (no benchings).

    Short leashes dont develop players, they tear them down.

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Weren’t most of them Bulldogs for like 11 months?

    It’s not like the Bulldogs don’t change coaching staff every couple of years.


  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    How much time do you think O’Byrne needs? 7-8 years?

  19. ZepFan2 says:

    Sanjaya? Really??

    Don’t EVER knock CHOM again…EVER!



    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  20. ZepFan2 says:

    Is this you…Halak fan

    …and did you wipe off your monitor after you typed that?


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  21. Jordio-oh says:

    boooo, get off the stage.

    cut your hair!!!



    see what i did there?  i made about as much sense as you did with regards to hockey, but i did it faster and with more humour.

  22. Matthew says:

    Why is tomorrow’s game going to be so telling? What if he plays really well tomorrow and then sucks on Friday in Buffalo, will that make Saturday’s home game the one that tells the tale of Carey Price in Montreal?

  23. fbkj says:

    hes already written him off, feigning support ftw

  24. DearyLeary says:

    Really?  Third game into the season and you’re ready to write him off before the game even happens?

  25. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    “totally fall apart “having the fans boo at him” and self destruct,never to regain his consistency in a C.H. uni.”

    are you for real?  get a grip dude.  Carey’s career does not depend on the third game of the season vs. the Bolts.  I really think you’re out of touch with reality.

  26. fbkj says:

    why does it have to be either or?

  27. Chorske says:

    He throws the body around, but he seems to do so ineffectively. No point registering six hits if you end the game at -2.

  28. J Haul says:

    Brisebois was as much a hab, if not more, than Boucher. The lightning pretty much pillaged our coaching/management departments, especially on the Hamilton side of things.

  29. J Haul says:

    Part of that could simply be a balance issue. That can be worked on. I don’t think physical strength is the root cause. I’m sure he can bench press like 3 ladies, purses included.

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    A Q&A with Louis Leblanc.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  31. Chips says:

    I think we need to show some confidence in OB (which is what JM apperas to be doing), that way he hopefully gets some in himself. I though he played well against Pitt.

    25 in 2011

  32. flowerpower_74 says:

    effin right Daryll…how’s the weather down in Wemindji?


    Habs will gel as a team.



  33. habs365 says:

    The Habs will give tampa all they can handle, they’re playing very good hockey and they’ll only get better as the season progress.

  34. flowerpower_74 says:

    I think another reason why they call it “Habs South” is all the thousands of Quebecers who retire in Tampa and some who choose to live there in the Winter months. The Arena can’t be filled with just Floridians and Cubans who love Hockey…



    Habs will gel as a team.

  35. Mrhab24 says:

    Or someone to do it for him.


    …I’m on a horse!

  36. mbplekfan says:

    Considering that he know’s he is on such a short leash he plays tight. That leads to turnovers and bad decisions. If he was given some playing time and little mistakes were tolerated instead of punished he might prove some people wrong.

    Spacek was terrible in the pre-season. If OB had played like that he’d be in Hamilton right now. MAB was given all sorts of rope last year. Most times his play was much worse than OB’s, yet he got regular shifts.

    Im all for giving OB the time he needs because we desperately need his size and toughness in the lineup.

  37. andrewberkshire says:

    The Hamilton Bulldogs are property of the Montreal Canadiens. The players have a CH on their jersey in Hamilton, they are Habs assets. Your semantics are ridiculous.

  38. JerryMcgoo says:

    I can’t decide if that scares me more than last game when I saw O’B on the ice with Picard…

  39. avatar_58 says:

    What’s the difference? Stars don’t really mean anything, it’s just a tip of the hat to a player who contributed most to the win, or a player who almost won it.

  40. Da Hema says:

    What is strange about O’Byrne is that while he is big, and Big, and BIG, he is curiously not strong. He frequently falls on his arse when barely checked by smaller opponents, and frankly Gionta hits his opponents with greater force. Very strange.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  41. LA Loyalist says:

    That’s the best you can bring? Check your Carey Price fanbot(tm) handbook and look in the index. Surely you can do better.



    “I thought we were talking about waitresses on Bishop St.”

  42. SmartDog says:

    What is it about O’Byrne playing with a returning D-man who hasn’t seen a game in six months that scares the bejesus out of me?  I know!  Everything!


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  43. Da Hema says:

    Yep. Democracy and market pandering have their disturbing sides.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  44. fuhgawz says:

    If it was an option i am sure some morons would vote for Jaro Halak every night as well. 

  45. fbkj says:

    i hope so

    i <3 chaos

    and sanjaya

  46. adam76 says:

    This will lead to some interesting 3 star selections.  Saint John did the same thing a few years ago in the Quebec league.  I’ll never forget, the Seadogs lost 9 – 0, yet a hometown player still pulled 3rd star.  He must have been a monster in the faceoff circle.


  47. fuhgawz says:

    i agree to an extent — we had this problem last year and it has carried over i am going to hold on for hope that Lars is the guy managment thinks he will be.  As for Benny i do not know what to think of him. Has all the tools but only finds the ON switch once in a while.  He needs to be physical along with AK if they can bring that night in night out every shift then we have something.  I can see AK doing it but as far as Benny goes he seems disconnected.

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    Some players are going to get cheated out of rightful selections on this I suspect.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  49. fbkj says:

    stubbs tweets

    Bell launches #Habs app for various platforms, fans will now choose 3 stars online or by mobile phone”

    horrible idea, sign me up

  50. J Haul says:

    To be fair to MAB, he also had that bit of offensive flair that we needed on the back end, especially with Markov out. OB doesn’t really have that redeeming offensive characteristic. It’s a bit harder to justify keeping in the defensive dman, who isn’t playing good D, than the offensive dman, who isn’t playing good D.

  51. pic1983 says:

    Its hard to say we “desperately” need a top 6 forward 2 games into the season.  Ryan Getzlaf has 0 points in his first 3 games, and I dont think anyone’s saying “anaheim needs to trade for a center” (granted its not the best example, but the point is to not pass judgement on players 2 games into the season).

    Also, seeing as we have no cap space, trading for one is extremely difficult.  We’re going to have to tough it out with Lars and Pouliot and hope one of them actually knows the value of dollars and cents and establishes themselves. 


  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    The horse is dead Loyalist, put down the whip.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  53. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Tomorrow ‘s game vs the Tampa bay Bulldogs with tell the tale of Carey Price’s tenure in Montreal. As I see it Carey can either be his best and prove too even the naysayer that he’s here to stay OR totally fall apart “having the fans boo at him” and self destruct,never to regain his consistency in a C.H. uni. You know what Boucher and his gang are going to try and do and they have the sharp shooters to do it and like Timo say’s ,the Habs have too GET THE LEAD AND KEEP IT! It will be a real good game ,can’t wait…….

  54. 123456 says:

    ducks have scored 2 goals – saku got them both!!

  55. fbkj says:

    you think guy boucher is hot?

  56. J Haul says:

    Yeah, you can’t place a ton of importance on the 3 stars, especially considering you’ll see different star selections for different broadcasts of the games. The Molson Cup is a nice little honour, but I doubt the players take it super seriously.

  57. SmartDog says:

    And that goofy… “oops! I did it again!” expression isn’t worth something?

    O’Byrne needs to give himself a punch in the face now and then.  That’s what he needs. .

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  58. fuhgawz says:

    I hope Gio, Gommer, and their rotating winger can put together some offense next game.  we desperately need another top 6 forward it isn’t even funny. Lars is not there yet and Benny .. well Benny just isn’t there. (so far)

  59. TomNickle says:

    I could go one further and put together a quick list of players and management members I’d like Yzerman to add to his organization at the expense of ours!  😉

    But I won’t.

  60. LA Loyalist says:

    Good thing we have a hot young coach in the wings if Martin screws this up. Guy Boucher is a real prospect… OH CRAP! I forgot!


    “I thought we were talking about waitresses on Bishop St.”

  61. Chorske says:

    O’Byrne is kinda the new Chipchura. He needs to elevate his game a notch- or show clear signs of improvement- very soon, or he will be sent down and only brought up in extremis. The Habs could really use a guy with his attributes, he’s huge, and uh, he’s huge, and… er, he’s really really HUGE. If only that package also included some Pronger meanness and Josh Gorges stay-at-home reliability.

    I really want O’Byrne to do well, but he’s disappointing me.

  62. Wemindji_Habsfan says:

    Screw Yzerman, Boucher and the rest of them

    Go Habs Go

  63. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Bulldogs ain’t (automatically) Habs, mes amis. Hamilton South, I’ll accept using that “logic”.  

  64. Thomas Le Fan says:

    … and these guys are … were … Habs? Not.

  65. andrewberkshire says:

    And the rest of the Bulldogs’ coaching staff.

  66. Mark C says:

    But he was going to challenge Price for a #1 NHL job…

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    And until a TB goalie is injured, staying in Norfolk if Dustin Tokarski doesn’t beat him out for a short stint with the big club on an AHL team that wasn’t 2nd in the whole AHL last season. Coming up on 26 and can’t hold a No. 1 job in the AHL, you’d swear we traded away some future star netminder.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  68. TomNickle says:

    and Julien Brisebois, and Cedric Desjardins(even though he’s in Norfolk).

  69. Thomas Le Fan says:

    The hockey I’ve watched, so far, says that O’B sits. The intangibles, I’ll leave to the coaching staff. 

    “Habs South”, by the way? Unless it’s based on French names on the roster it’s kind of a reach. Except for a coach that never actually coached here and a winger, Dominic Moore who had a short stint, I don’t see it. 

    Jolt the Bolts! Go Habs!

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